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The Battle-Tested "Super" Sam Toomer returns at RFA 21 - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
On Friday, December 5th, RFA 21 (Resurrection Fighting Alliance) lands in Southern California at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, Ca., live on AXS TV. The televised main card features an amazing Featherweight fight pitting “Super” Sam Toomer (8-0) against Altair “Tratorzinho” Alencar (7-2). read more ...
RFA 21 - Juusola vs. Baghdad lightweight title fight in Orange County - Wednesday, November 12, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) president Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will feature a new main event as the promotion heads back to southern California in December. RFA 21 - Juusola vs. Baghdad will feature a main event between two of the world's most exciting lightweights as Minnesota native and collegiate wrestler Zach "The Juice" Juusola and WKBC Muay Thai world champion Mehdi "The Sultan" Baghdad meet for the vacant RFA lightweight world title. In the co-main event, two of the bantamweight division's most talented jiu-jitsu experts face off as Joe Murphy and Bruno Frazatto meet in a high-stakes showdown. The event takes place Friday, December 5th at the The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. read more ...
Alvin "Kid" Robinson uses MMA to motivate youth and his kids - Friday, October 31, 2014
Some people get into MMA to chase titles. Others do it for the fame and fortune. Then there are fighters like Alvin "Kid" Robinson that do it for a greater reason: to impact the world.

Robinson knew he wanted to fight his whole life. He grew up in southern California and moved out to Colorado to wrestle in college at Colorado State University - Pueblo. Coincidentally, his college roommate was Leister Bowling, who is now one of the top MMA trainers in the sport. read more ...
RFA 21 - Ambrose vs. Baghdad lightweight title fight in Orange County - Tuesday, October 28, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) president Ed Soares announced today that the RFA's next lightweight champion will be crowned in his promotion's next trip to southern California in December. RFA 21 - Ambrose vs. Baghdad will feature a main event between two of the world's most exciting lightweights as local favorite J.J. "Superman" Ambrose and WKBC Muay Thai world champion Mehdi "The Sultan" Baghdad meet for the vacant RFA lightweight world title. In the co-main event, two of the bantamweight division's most talented jiu-jitsu experts face off as Bruno Frazatto and Joe Murphy meet in a high-stakes showdown. The event takes place Friday, December 5th at the The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. read more ...
Bojan Velickovic and Gilbert Smith embrace the change heading into RFA 20 - Tuesday, October 14, 2014
According to Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle, there are three principles necessary for change to take place. There must be something new that comes to be, there must be something old that passes away, and there must be something that stays the same throughout. These three principles are referred to as form, privation, and matter.

These are the principles that Bojan Velickovic (9-2) and Gilbert Smith (9-3) are currently applying to their MMA careers. Now on the surface, they appear to have nothing in common other than their chosen occupation. Velickovic grew up in war-torn Serbia nearly 4,500 miles away from Smith's native New York City. Smith is also seven years older than Velickovic and a veteran of the U.S. Army. However, if you dig a little bit deeper, the parallels these two share leading into their featured welterweight bout at RFA 20 is clear. They are both embracing change, they are both reinventing themselves as fighters, and they both know what is at stake. read more ...
RFA 20 - Sanders vs. Mercado bantamweight title fight in Colorado - Saturday, October 11, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) president Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will be bringing a world class bantamweight world title fight to Colorado in November. RFA 20 - Mercado vs. Sanders will feature a main event between two of the world's top bantamweight prospects as undefeated "Cool Hand" Luke Sanders and local favorite Jarred "Shutout" Mercado battle for the vacant RFA bantamweight title. In the co-main event, a pair of exciting RFA vets face off as Benjamin Smith and Josh Cavan meet in an explosive welterweight contest. The event takes place Friday, November 7th at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado, which is located just outside of Denver, Colorado. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. read more ...
Interview with RFA fighter Abel "The Silent Assassin" Cullum - Friday, October 03, 2014
The high desert of New Mexico is an alluring land of hallowed mountains, ancient red rock canyons, and vast, sere plateaus. It has captivated movie makers, tourists, and authors for ages. More recently, it has become the home to some of the world's greatest mixed martial artists. UFC greats Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, and Donald Cerrone have all been drawn to the state's mystique and set up famous fight camps in the "Land of Enchantment".

However, long before the high elevation of Albuquerque became a go-to destination for some of the world's greatest fighters, a 13-year-old Abel Cullum had already started his journey into the sport two and half hours east of Duke City in the humble New Mexico town of Tucumcari. In this small southwestern town, formerly known as Six Shooter Siding due to numerous gunfights that took place a century earlier, Cullum trained daily with his father and younger brother after falling in love with MMA from watching some early UFC and PRIDE events on VHS. read more ...
RFA 19 to feature New Co-Main Event: Abel Cullum vs. Carl Deaton III - Wednesday, September 17, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) has a new co-main event as the promotion gets ready to host its first event in the state of Minnesota in October. The main event of RFA 19 - Collier vs. Checco will feature two of the world's top middleweight prospects as American standout Jake Collier battles undefeated Brazilian dynamo Gabriel Checco for the vacant RFA middleweight title. The co-main event will now see RFA and DREAM vet Abel Cullum return to the RFA octagon fresh off of his successful return to the sport. Cullum is replacing an injured Jeff Curran against fast-rising bantamweight prospect and Minnesota favorite Carl Deaton III. The event takes place Friday, October 10th at the Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota, located just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. read more ...
RFA 19 - Collier vs. Checco heads to Minnesota - Wednesday, August 27, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) president Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will be bringing an exciting middleweight world title fight to Minnesota in October. RFA 19 - Collier vs. Checco will feature a main event between two of the world's top middleweight prospects as American standout Jake Collier battles undefeated Brazilian fighter Gabriel Checco for the vacant RFA middleweight title. In the co-main event, UFC and RFA vet Jeff Curran ends a 14-month retirement from the sport to face fast-rising prospect and Minnesota favorite Carl Deaton III. The event takes place Friday, October 10th at the Mystic Lake Casino & Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota, located just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. read more ...
RFA 18 gets a new flyweight title fight: Matt Manzanares vs. Alexandre Pantoja in New Mexico - Tuesday, August 19, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) president Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will be bringing an explosive new top-tier flyweight world title fight to New Mexico in September. RFA 18 - Manzanares vs. Pantoja will feature a main event between two of the world's top flyweights as RFA flyweight champion Matt Manzanares defends his title for the first time against Brazilian dynamo Alexandre Pantoja. In the co-main event, popular UFC vet Ulysses Gomez returns to action against Abel Cullum, who is also an accomplished bantamweight looking to make a successful comeback. The event takes place Friday, September 12th at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. read more ...
RFA 18 - Manzanares vs. Sanchez heads to New Mexico - Friday, August 08, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) president Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will be bringing a top-tier flyweight world title fight to New Mexico in September. RFA 18 - Manzanares vs. Sanchez will feature a main event between two dynamic flyweights as RFA flyweight champion Matt Manzanares defends his title for the first time against undefeated top-contender Joby Sanchez. In the co-main event, popular UFC vet Ulysses Gomez returns to action against Abel Cullum, who is also an accomplished bantamweight looking to make a successful comeback. The event takes place Friday, September 12th at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. read more ...
RFA 17 brings two title fights to first sanctioned MMA event in South Dakota - Thursday, July 31, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) president Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will be bringing two title fights to the first legally sanctioned MMA event in the state of South Dakota. RFA 17 - Cochrane vs. Giagos will feature a main event between two exciting lightweights as RFA fan favorite Dakota Cochrane faces fast-rising prospect Christos Giagos for the inaugural RFA lightweight world title. In the co-main event, Mark "Tricky" Dickman faces fellow Missouri native and highly-touted prospect Justin "The American Kidd" Lawrence for the vacant RFA featherweight world title. The event takes place Friday, August 22nd at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. read more ...
Interview with RFA fighter Jan "The Janimal" Jorgensen - Friday, July 18, 2014
In six weeks, the Brigham Young University (BYU) football team returns to action. This is the prestigious NCAA Division I football program located in Provo, Utah that has produced 1,060 All-American athletes. One of those athletes is Jan "Janimal" Jorgensen, who was a star defensive end for the BYU Cougars football team from 2006-2009. In that time, Jorgensen compiled the all-time consecutive starts record at 52 (13 per year) for BYU. He also became the Mountain West Conference's career sacks (28.5) and career tackles for loss (44) leader.

In one week, "Janimal" returns to the national spotlight. However, this time #84 won't be representing "The Y" on the gridiron looking to terrorize opposing quarterbacks. Instead, he will be representing The Pit Elevated inside the RFA octagon looking to add another knockout or submission win to his impressive MMA ledger. read more ...
RFA 16 to feature New Co-Main Event: Jarred Mercado vs. Daniel Swain - Friday, July 18, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) has a new co-main event as the promotion heads back to the Mile High City with RFA 16 - Copeland vs. Jorgensen. The main event features top undefeated heavyweight prospects Josh "Cuddly Bear" Copeland and Jan "The Janimal" Jorgensen battling for the inaugural RFA heavyweight world title. The co-main event, will now see Colorado's own Jarred "Shutout" Mercado face Washington state native Daniel "Agent Orange" Swain in a 140-pound catchweight bout. The event takes place Friday, July 25th at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. read more ...
RFA 16 to feature New #1 Bantamweight Contender Bout: Jarred Mercado vs. Jake Klemme - Monday, July 07, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) has a new #1 bantamweight contender bout as the promotion heads back to the Mile High City with RFA 16 - Copeland vs. Jorgensen. The main event features top undefeated heavyweight prospects Josh "Cuddly Bear" Copeland and Jan "The Janimal" Jorgensen battling for the inaugural RFA heavyweight world title. The co-main event, will now see Colorado's own Jarred Mercado face Iowa native Jake Klemme in a #1 bantamweight contender bout. The event takes place Friday, July 25th at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. read more ...
Fast Food Drive-By's and RFA fighter Josh Cavan - Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Mile High City get ready. Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) is storming back into town with a slew of great fights. Denver native, "Superman" Josh Cavan, is slated to fight the surging Chris Heatherly in a welterweight match-up on the main card on Friday, July 25th at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. read more ...
RFA 16 - Copeland vs. Jorgensen in Denver, Colorado on Friday, July 25th - Thursday, June 12, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) president Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will be heading back to the Mile High City next month. RFA 16 - Copeland vs. Jorgensen will feature a main event between two undefeated heavyweights as Colorado's own Josh "Cuddly Bear" Copeland faces fellow top-ranked unbeaten prospect Jan "The Janimal" Jorgensen for the vacant RFA heavyweight world title. In the co-main event, Denver's own Jarred Mercado faces Huntington Beach native Joe Murphy in a #1 bantamweight contender bout. The event takes place Friday, July 25th at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. read more ...
RFA 21: Fight Card
RFA 21 - Juusola vs. Baghdad
Friday, December 5, 2014
OC Fair & Event Center
Costa Mesa, California


Main Card:


155 - Zach Juusola, 10-2 (Minneapolis, Minnesota) vs. Mehdi Baghdad, 10-3 (Six-Fours-Les-Plages, France) - Lightweight Title Fight


135 - Joe Murphy, 7-1 (Huntington Beach, California) vs. Bruno Frazatto, 6-1 (Campinas, Brazil)


265 - Chase Gormley, 10-4 (Los Angeles, California) vs. Dale Sopi, 6-0 (Maricopa, Arizona)


185 - Francisco "Kiko" France, 10-3-1 (Fortaleza, Brazil) vs. Mikey Gomez, 17-10 (Ciudad del Este, Paraguay)


145 - Altair "Tratorzinho" Alencar, 7-2 (Belém, Brazil) vs. Sam Toomer, 8-0 (San Diego, California)


190 - Khalil Rountree, 1-0 (Torrance, California) vs. Blake Troop, 2-1 (Oceanside, California)



Preliminary Card:


170 - Joe Merritt, 5-0 (Rancho Cucamonga, California) vs. Steven Ciaccio, 4-1 (Irvine, California)


135 - Matt Lopez, 3-0 (Fullerton, California) vs. John Robles, 7-3 (Hawthorne, California)


155 - Lenon Hideen, 0-0 (Corona, California) vs. Tim Quiroga, 0-0 (Lake Elsinore, California)


145 - Mark Tupas, 0-1 (Honolulu, Hawaii) vs. Vitor Oristanio, 0-2 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)